Carl McColman

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Carl McColman writes about the spiritual life. He is the author of many books on Celtic spirituality, Christian mysticism, and contemplative prayer, including The Big Book of Christian Mysticism (2010) and An Invitation to Celtic Wisdom (2018).

Carl's work is characterized by an optimistic, expansive understanding of spirituality, rooted in Christianity while embracing the wisdom of the world's contemplative traditions. In his own words, "I am passionate about helping people to embody creative, joyful lives of love and service, formed by prayer, silence, and the wisdom of the saints and mystics."

Carl learned the practice of contemplative prayer at the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation. He is a professed Lay Cistercian — a layperson under the guidance of Trappist monks. He regularly speaks, teaches and conducts retreats on contemplative Christian practice. He has a blog on the Patheos "Contemplative" page and is the co-host of the "Encountering Silence" podcast. Learn more at

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